Ever wondered why Apple’s iOS updates don’t have names like Android ones? Well, they do - they just aren’t public knowledge. Until now that is.
We love Android updates. Despite all their fragment-y flaws, they come with a fun-filled confectionary-themed monikers that make us giddy with joy. But one can hardly say the same about iOS, which can only be identified by their boring numbers.
And it was baffling, too, for some why Apple hadn’t taken the Android approach with iOS, considering it attaches codenames to its Mac OS X, whereby each new build is named after a big cat (Snow Leopard, Lion, etc) and is part of its marketing. Well, turns out that internally at least, every iOS update released does have its own unique codename.
Steve Stroughton-Smith, an Irish jailbreaker programmer, who unearthed the secret soubriquets, tweeted: “And for iOS… Alpine Heavenly Little Bear Big Bear Sugar Bowl Timberline Kirkwood Northstar Apex Baker Jasper Durango Telluride Hoodoo.”
In case you haven’t figured it out, these are names of ski resorts in America, which suggests that at least someone in the iOS team is an avid winter sports fan.
Alas, they still aren’t nearly as exciting sounding as Ice Cream Sandwich or Honeycomb, unless of course you’re a skiing enthusiast. Google has hit the nail on the head when it comes to marketing its OS, whereas Apple has done a better job on the hardware front.
In any case, it probably doesn’t matter to the average Apple user what a new software update is called since these are relatively less frequent than with Android and apply to fewer devices too.